NCWLIFE Evening News April 22nd, 2020

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Douglas County sheriff’s deputies believe they’ve found the remains of a man missing since 2010 near Bridgeport. An East Wenatchee teen killed Monday morning in a one-vehicle rollover in Swakane Canyon has been identified, and, Police say a 20-year-old Malaga man remains jailed tonight after admitting to sexually assaulting a woman two weeks ago while she slept.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

While responding to an apparent domestic disturbance late Wednesday night, a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man at a home on Norma Lane south of East Wenatchee.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, deputies responded about 11:06 p.m. to the home where a male and female could be heard on the 911 call yelling during an altercation that reportedly involved a gun. Shortly after arrival, one of the deputies was involved in a shooting that left one male dead, the sheriff’s office said. “No deputies were injured during the incident.”

The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit is conducting an independent investigation of the shooting. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave, a standard practice in an officer-involved shooting. Neither the name of the deceased man nor the deputy has yet been released.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies believe they’ve found the remains of a man missing since 2010 near Bridgeport. Roy Groeneveld of Bellingham was 44 years old and very ill when he vanished from his parents’ home in July 2010.

On Sunday afternoon, a passerby located human remains on a hillside above Tacoma Avenue. Deputies say they believe they are those of Groeneveld. DNA testing will be done to confirm the identity.

An East Wenatchee teen killed Monday morning in a one-vehicle rollover in Swakane Canyon has been identified as 18-year-old Meghann Dodge.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said Dodge and a 32-year-old woman from De Moines, Washington, were in a 2016 Toyota Tacoma about 7:45 a.m. heading slowly down Swakane Canyon when the vehicle went off the road, up a slope and rolled. Dodge, the driver, was partially ejected from the pickup, with the vehicle coming to rest on top of her. The second woman was taken to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee with minor injuries. The accident happened about 7.3 miles from Highway 97A.

Police say a 20-year-old Malaga man remains jailed tonight after admitting to sexually assaulting a woman two weeks ago while she slept.

Mavrick Levi Menzel remained in the Chelan County jail today on $20,000 bond after allegedly confessing to the April 11th assault to a Wenatchee police detective. The woman told police she was asleep after watching a movie with Menzel at her home when the assault occurred. In a Snapchat conversation with the victim later, Menzel admitted to the sexual contact, and she took the messages to police. He has not yet been charged, but detectives say they’re seeking a count of second-degree rape.

Coming up next, The commissioners of both Chelan and Douglas counties voted yesterday to rescind resolutions that would have allowed local home construction. The East Wenatchee Public Works Department has announced that the Highline Drive and 3rd Street SE Roundabout is set to begin construction tomorrow. Soap Lake Police officers delivered 10 Android tablets to the McKay Healthcare and Rehab Center on Tuesday, and, Another of North Central Washington’s premier summer events was cancelled Monday, we will tell you which one.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The commissioners of both Chelan and Douglas counties voted Tuesday to rescind resolutions that would have allowed local home construction to continue.

They did so because Governor Jay Inslee’s chief attorney, Kathryn Leathers, said the resolutions conflicted with Washington’s proclaimed state of emergency.

Home construction is among those businesses deemed nonessential under Inslee’s public health order. Chelan County Commissioner Doug England says the county will pass a new and more limited resolution on homebuilding Monday, if it doesn’t get clear guidance from the governor. . .

England says a total of 97 home projects got permits from Chelan County under its building resolution. With the withdrawal, he says, those projects are once again in limbo.

The East Wenatchee Public Works Department has announced that the Highline Drive and 3rd Street SE Roundabout is set to begin construction tomorrow and the Transportation Improvement Board Complete Streets projects is set to begin construction on Monday, April 27th.

The Highline Drive and 3rd Street SE Roundabout project is going to start construction on April 23rd and the estimated completion date is June 19th. The intersection will be completely closed to traffic for three weeks, beginning April 27th and will remain closed through Friday, May 15th. There will be two additional days, toward the end of the project, where the intersection will be closed while pavement markings are installed.

Soap Lake Police officers delivered 10 Android tablets to the McKay Healthcare and Rehab Center on Tuesday so residents there who are isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic can chat with their families and loved ones.

Community donations to the Soap Lake Police Department benevolent fund helped pay for the tablets. The department said Sergeant Spencer Nulph came up with the idea, then Chief Ryan Cox made several calls to make it happen.

Another of North Central Washington’s premier summer events was cancelled Monday as organizers of the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival said their July 17th through 19th event is off.

In announcing the cancellation, organizers said the festival has survived wicked winds and raging wildfires in the past but the COVID-19 pandemic has created a level of uncertainty that has made planning impossible.

The festival is offering a full refund on tickets, or the option of donating to a fund to support the musicians scheduled to play this year, as well as the local food bank.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

In tonight’s feature story, a Wenatchee man is organizing a fishing protest Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon in and along the Columbia River near the George Sellar Bridge. Ben Holten said the protest is an expansion of a similar movement started last week in the Tri-Cities that drew about 150 boaters and another 200 or so people along the shore.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife shut down recreational fishing in Washington March 26th as part of Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. It is the only ban on fishing in the country. Holten says there will be similar protests in Moses Lake and elsewhere. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

The Seahawks continued with a flurry of signings leading up to tomorrow’s first round of the NFL Draft…

Tight end Jacob Hollister signed his restricted free agent tender to remain a Seahawk.  Hollister became a go-to target for Russell Wilson down the stretch last year, becoming the team’s third-leading receiver with 41-catches for 349 yards and three touchdowns.

Seattle also added more depth at defensive back as they claimed Linden Stephens off the waiver wire from Miami.  Stephens was on the Seahawk practice squad for much of last year before the Dolphins snagged him away.

Seattle has seven draft picks this week in the NFL Draft, which begins tomorrow.  Once the draft ends Saturday afternoon, teams can also sign undrafted free agents.  Each team is allowed a maximum of 9- players ion their offseason rosters.

The lack of baseball has ardent fans going crazy.  Major League Baseball is doing what it can to satiate the desire by airing great games of the past…witness yesterday’s airing of Felix Hernandez’s perfect game. 

So with our mind’s set on the past during a murky future, it’s only fitting that an important milestone in Mariner history be recognized today…

Bosio was the second pitcher in Mariner’s history to pitch a no-hitter when he retired 27-straight Boston Red Sox batters after walking the first two.  Randy Johnson was the first Mariner with a no-hitter on June 2nd, 1990 against Detroit.  By the way, Bosio pulled off this feet on just 3-days rest.

While fishing is closed in our state, the Department of Fish and Wildlife is still busy managing fish.  The department put out a video on its social media platforms this week, which included work in North Central Washington to help Lehontan (luh-HON-ton) Cutthroat trout…

Lehontan Cutthroat can be found in Lake Lenore, Grimes, Sprague, Albright, and Omak Lakes.

Some may think the fish you just saw in that video are ugly and ask why they have value.  Let’s just show how fun that can be to catch, thanks to a video from Fishing Magician dot com as Dave Graybill fished Lahontan Cutthroat at Omak Lake…

As we heard from Graybill this week, the Department of Fish and Wildlife are doing their best to get some sort of fishery reopen in Washington by the first week of May.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, a feel-good story for ya. . .A resident at Avamere of Wenatchee received a special present for her 93rd birthday recently when her extended family dropped by for a party, social-distance style. . .

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Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.